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The Stage To Green Room Ratio

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin' on October 29, 2018 by RobALott

I call it The Stage to Green Room Ratio

If a great attitude and performance backstage is worth 50 points, and a great attitude and performance onstage is worth 50 points, then what’s our stage to green room ratio?

(100 points: We might touch the surface of this standard every now and then, but it’s impossible to maintain. Strive for, yes, but don’t expect this all the time from yourself or your fellow cast and crew. Much less than 90 points, however, we’ve got some work to do.)

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Do Something About It

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on October 15, 2018 by RobALott

When a reader spots a typo in a book, they tend to shift their focus, even if only for a few pages, to looking for more of them.

When an error in continuity occurs in a film, the viewer who caught it can’t help but become distracted and begin looking for more.

While some mistakes can’t be kept from an audience’s view, the live stage has the most remaining potential to cover up the gaffs and eliminate the distraction.

While sometimes it’s fun to be in the audience when something goes awry, our audiences don’t care to spend the rest of the performance looking for our next mistake.

Fix it.

Cover it.

Address it.

Include it.

But our job can never be to ignore it.

Because the truth is, our audience is desperate for us to do something about it.

It’s Ok to Question

Posted in A Note to Directors, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on October 1, 2018 by RobALott

Be respectful.

Be thoughtful.

Mind your timing and choose an appropriate location.

But do know, it is ok and sometimes necessary to question our leaders.

Playing Hurt

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff, Thoughts on Leadership on September 17, 2018 by RobALott

In sports…

Your team and the fans will understand if you choose not to play while hurt.

Meanwhile…

If you still play while hurt, and you help the team win, you can actually be seen as a hero!

But…

If you keep a team from winning because you played hurt, well, the team and the fans have little to no patience for that.

Anyway…

I bet there are a number of other places where this is true.

Outsmarting

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Nuts & Bolts Stuff on September 10, 2018 by RobALott

Outsmarting your audience can sometimes be the goal.

However,

Outsmarting your scene partner…that’s pretty much never the goal.

Posted Notes Are For Everyone

Posted in Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on August 20, 2018 by RobALott

Read your notes, take your notes, and apply your notes.

Of course.

But don’t read only your notes.

Read and listen to your fellow actors’ notes as well. Then give them the set-ups, reactions, and responses that will help make them successful in applying and fixing their notes.

Posted notes are for everyone.

Live!

Posted in A Note to Directors, Creativity, Disentangling Thoughts on Theatre, Got Me Thinkin', Nuts & Bolts Stuff on July 30, 2018 by RobALott

The more slides, the more video, the more pre-recorded announcements—the more quickly your audience will become disengaged.

Yes, pre-recorded elements help maintain control of the final product. But don’t buy into the myth that pre-recorded equals prepared. Real preparedness—effective preparedness—is a willingness and readiness to go live.

The audience signed up and showed up for “live”. Whenever possible, however possible, go live.